Portion of concert proceeds to benefit Special Operation Warrior Foundation

30A South Walton Gregg Allman 300x281 Legendary Gregg Allman Coming to Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, May 28Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman will bring his distinctive Southern Rock sound to the Green at Gulf Place on Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach for a special Memorial Week concert on Wednesday, May 28th. In honor of Memorial Day, Gulf Place will recognize the nation’s military heroes, and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation, serving the families of fallen and wounded special operations forces.

“With the timing coinciding with Memorial Day, we thought it was appropriate to honor those who serve our country,” said Gulf Place Owner John Gaston. “We are offering special rates for active and retired military, and are proud to donate a portion of the concert proceeds to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation.”

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By Shannon J. Winslow-Claunch

​​30A South Walton J Painting Justin Gaffrey    Creating Beauty in Blue Mountain BeachJustin Gaffrey’s art is best described as sculpting with paint.

The big, bold colors in three-dimensional spikes literally jut off the canvas, inviting observers to step inside, get lost in the subject matter and perhaps even concoct their own delightful and imaginative adventure. The swirls of contrasting paint, combined with the unique texture of Justin’s pallet knife beckon those who appreciate fine things to be inspired by creation and by the creator. It is that correlation — between artist, nature and spiritual awareness — that Justin represents.

The latest evolution of his career is about becoming a better version of himself and creating pieces that have deeper meaning. This stage of his artistic journey is a homecoming of sorts, as he seeks to invite those who love his work to visit him at his original artist’s homestead and studio in Blue Mountain Beach.

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30A South Walton 1662554 652546531459905 86317747 n Meyer Boarding Co. to Host Land & Sea Paddle Battle at Topsail Hill State Park on April 26Meyer Boarding Co. is hosting the first Land Paddle/SUP Paddle Biathlon at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park featuring rolling hills, picturesque scenery and some really nice pavement on Saturday, April 26th from 10 AM - 4 PM. This first-of-its-kind event will feature live music, food, demos, art and of course, tons of racing action.

The races will include a 6K Land & Sea Paddle Biathlon, a 5K Team Relay Race and an Individual Sprint Race. Paddle Battle early entry fee is $15. Click here to register.

The event is being sponsored by Meyer Boarding Company, 30A.com, G.U.S.U. Paddleboarding, Coastal Bank and Trust, Destin Honey Baked Ham, KENEDIK Design Studio, CUP, Happy Hippee Coastal Wear, Hungry Boards and more.

For more info, visit Meyer Boarding Co. or call 850-830-1893.

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Click here to enter to win a 2-night stay at the recently renovated Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard near the beautiful beaches of South Walton during ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival on May 9th – 11th.

This year’s festival will feature over 125 juried fine artists exhibiting at Grand Boulevard’s Town Center for three days, along with great live music, live art demonstrations, food and beverages, and ImagiNation (where kids rule)! ArtsQuest is a true 30A tradition, now in its 26th year!

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The Seaside School lottery for grades 5-10 will be held on April 29th at 5:00 PM in the Lyceum Meeting Room.

30A South Walton DG at Alys Beach 011 Win an Incredible 7 night $7,800 Vacation at Alys Beach During Digital Graffiti!One lucky winner who “likes” Alys Beach will win a trip to experience Digital Graffiti 2014 — the world’s first outdoor projection art festival. Alys Beach is one of the world’s most beautiful towns located on Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A.

The winner will enjoy a luxury vacation stay for a total of six guests in one of Alys Beach’s beautiful homes from June 1st to June 8th and will also receive six all-access weekend passes to attend all three days of Digital Graffiti 2014.

The Digital Graffiti Sweepstakes grand prize package is valued at $7,800!

The contest is free and open to the public until April 23rd, 2014. One grand-prize winner will be selected at random from the eligible online entries.

Click here now to enter!

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach gives artists a large-scale “blank” canvas to explore the intersections of art and architecture, while creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls, the iconic white walls of the town will glow with more than two dozen original art projections as artists from around the world compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. A panel of judges from both art and technology industries will select six award winners including Best of Show; Best in Florida; Curator’s Choice; and three Honorable Mentions. The festival winners will be announced on Saturday, June 7th. (ARTISTS: Submit your entry before April 21st!)

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From our friends at Alaqua Animal Refuge:

Juno and Jarvis are four-month-old Hound/Pointer pups who are so excited to find their forever homes. Juno is an adorable sweetheart with a little overbite, which we thinks just makes her even cuter. Jarvis is a little snuggle buddy who had a slight spinal injury, which made his back legs a little wobbly. But it sure doesn’t slow him down! They both have special needs and are looking for someone with a huge heart to take them home forever. They are total darlings and available for adoption to an approved family.

30A South Walton Alaqua Logo 200 Lets Help Juno & Jarvis Find Forever HomesFor more info, please call 850-880-6399, email info@AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org or visit alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

30A South Walton unnamed 3 Coastal Branch Library Artist for April: Mark Douglass

Art by Mark Douglass

Friends of the Coastal Branch Library recently announced that their featured artist of the month for April is Mark Douglass. Douglass is a Walton county native and a resident of Santa Rosa Beach.

Growing up in DeFuniak Springs, his mother and older sister first discovered ‘his gift’ at the age of three when he showed them a drawing of a map of the United States. Curiously, they looked at one another and asked, “Where did you get that?”

As a child, Douglass drew pictures of his favorite cartoon characters, starting with Popeye and progressing to super heroes. His family lived in Sarasota for several years where he attended summer classes at the Ringling School of Art. After moving back to DeFuniak and graduating from Walton High School, Douglass studied Art at PJC and FSU, taking a position with Homes and Land Publishing’s art department.

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